Chill out with these hot tips for staying cool in Orlando.


Cool off and have fun on your next trip to Orlando with 10 unforgettable ways to beat the heat this summer. From river raft rides, fun splash areas, and twisting waterslides at your favorite theme parks, to delicious ice-cold treats and drinks, incredible indoor experiences, and beautiful places to relax poolside, there’s no shortage of ways to chill in Orlando during your summer vacation!

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River Raft Rides

Infinity Falls at SeaWorld Orlando
Infinity Falls at SeaWorld® Orlando

Orlando doesn’t just have theme park rides where you stand a chance of getting splashed with water — we also have plenty that actually travel on the water! Brave these wild raft and boat adventures for a cool time, including the Battle of Bricksburg at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort’s THE LEGO® MOVIE™ WORLD, exploring the rainforest on Kali River Rapids at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park, sailing aboard Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges® at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, taking the plunge on Infinity Falls® at SeaWorld, or even embarking on a safari with Congo River Rapids at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

Ice-Cold Drinks

ICEBAR Orlando
ICEBAR Orlando

There’s no better way to chill on a hot summer day than with an ice-cold drink, and nobody does ice-cold better than ICEBAR Orlando. One look at the venue tells it all: the glasses, walls, seats and other fixtures are all made of ice!

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While not literally freezing, there are countless other Orlando nightspots and restaurants that serve cool summer cocktails. Just head to International Drive, Restaurant Row, Disney Springs® or downtown Orlando itself for the latest offerings!

Theme Park Rides With a Splash

Climb aboard and hold on! Whether you are braving Journey to Atlantis at SeaWorld® Orlando, singing along with Br’er Rabbit on Splash Mountain at Walt Disney World® Resort’s Magic Kingdom® Park, or dodging dinosaurs on Jurassic Park River Adventure at Universal’s Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando Resort, these water-enhanced rides are sure to bring thrills and chills to any summer day. Just be warned that you’ll probably get wet!

Kids’ Splash Areas

Splash Zone at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort
Splash Zone at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort

Got little ones looking to have fun and splash around in the summer sun? Be sure to visit kids-friendly splash areas, including Rubber Duckie Water Works at SeaWorld’s all-new Sesame Street Land®, DUPLO® Splash & Play and DUPLO Splash Safari at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort, Barney’s Backyard at Universal Studios Florida, Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station at Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Gatorland’s Gator Gully Splash Park, and the Wharton-Smith Tropical Splash Ground at Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens.

Learn more: Orlando Activities for Toddlers

Numerous Orlando-area hotels and resorts also offer kids’ splash areas, including Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort (pictured above) and others. No matter where you find them, splash zones are an absolute blast and perfect for keeping children cool.

Water Parks

Surfari Water Park Lazy River at The Grove Resort Orlando
Surfari Water Park Lazy River at The Grove Resort Orlando

One of the best ways to take advantage of the Orlando summer is by spending the day at one of our many incredible water parks! Go all-in on cooling off at Disney’s Blizzard Beach® or Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon® at Walt Disney World, embrace the tropical side of summer at Universal’s Volcano Bay, turn up the fun at Aquatica® Orlando, and build perfect aquatic adventures at LEGOLAND® Florida’s water park, which is available as an upgrade to park admission.

Learn more: Orlando Water Parks

Keep in mind that our theme parks’ water parks are in addition to onsite water parks at top hotels and resorts in the Orlando area, including The Grove Resort Orlando (pictured). Plus, SeaWorld offers Discovery Cove, a one-of-a-kind, all-inclusive day resort where you can frolic with all manner of aquatic creatures — including the chance to swim with dolphins!

Natural Springs

Dive Into Swimming, Snorkeling and Other Ways to Play at Orlando's Natural Springs
Dive Into Swimming, Snorkeling and Other Ways to Play at Orlando’s Natural Springs

For a relaxing, inexpensive way to experience Orlando’s great outdoors, look no further than one of our beautiful natural springs. Swim through the cool, crystal-clear water of Wekiwa Springs State Park, float gently on an inner tube at Kelly Park, visit a 100-year-old replica of an 1830s sugar mill at De Leon Springs State Park, or rent a canoe and paddle down the St. Johns River at Blue Springs State Park. You may even spot some manatees!

Learn more: Eco-Adventures in Orlando

Cool Pools

Make a Splash at Resort Pools in Orlando
Make a Splash at Resort Pools in Orlando

What’s a better way to beat the heat in Orlando than stepping into your own backyard? Orlando’s resorts offer some of the coolest pools you’ve ever seen, featuring surf simulators, twisting waterslides, lazy rivers, waterfalls, tropical oases and more — and there’s never a better time than summer to cool off and relax poolside. For an extra helping of serenity, find a tropical cabana and kick back!

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Frozen Treats

Frozen treats are a delicious way to cool off — and Orlando has them in spades! For lovers of gourmet-style French sweets, L’Artisan des Glaces at Epcot® has exactly what you’re seeking, along with classic Disney treat options. At Universal Orlando Resort’s The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™, you can enjoy a frozen twist on the famous Butterbeer™.

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Elsewhere around town, traditional favorites like ice cream, slushies and Italian ice join more unique options such as rolled ice cream from Thailand, “farm-to-freezer” artisanal pops and even chilled cookie dough. Just watch out for brain freeze while cooling down with these options!

Splash Zone Shows at SeaWorld Orlando

Sea Lion High at SeaWorld Orlando's Bayside Stadium
Sea Lion High at SeaWorld Orlando’s Sea Lion and Otter Stadium

If you’re looking for a fun way to stay cool and see some spectacular aquatic animals, be sure to catch one of SeaWorld’s live shows at Shamu® Stadium, Dolphin Theater, or Sea Lion and Otter Stadium. Sit in the splash zone to get a close-up view of the playful dolphins in “Dolphin Days” and “Touch the Sky,” the majestic killer whales in “One Ocean,” or even some playful and hilarious sea lions in “Sea Lion High: The New Class.” And of course, be ready to get soaked!

Head Indoors

Andretti Indoor Karting & Games in Orlando
Gear Up for Indoor Fun at Andretti Indoor Karting & Games and Other Orlando Locations

Don’t want to face the heat head-on? Escape indoors, where there’s plenty to see and do! When it comes to unforgettable indoor attractions, we have something for everyone. For instance, you can reach new speeds and heights at Andretti Indoor Karting & Games and iFLY Orlando Indoor Skydiving, or even test your mind (and your friendships!) at The Escape Game Orlando, among others.

Both of International Drive’s walkable entertainment, dining and shopping hubs have indoor attractions for you, too. They include Madame Tussauds Orlando, SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium, Arcade City Orlando and 7D Dark Ride Adventure at ICON Park™, and WonderWorks and Main Event Entertainment at Pointe Orlando.

Learn more: Indoor Attractions in Orlando

Don’t skip on the indoor shopping, either! Whether you’re looking for an amazing, all-around retail experience with a massive selection at The Florida Mall® or a high-end shopping trip amid beautiful environs at The Mall at Millennia, Orlando has you covered.


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